Where is Cleo? Taken by child welfare workers in the 1970’s and adopted in the U.S., the young Cree girl’s family believes she was raped and murdered while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. CBC news investigative reporter Connie Walker joins the search to find out what really happened to Cleo.
Introducing: Life Jolt
Life Jolt - prison slang for a life sentence - examines the lives of women navigating Canada’s correctional system. The team gained unprecedented access to the Grand Valley Institution prison, the federal pen for women in Ontario, for a full year. They followed women going into prison for the first time, spoke with lifers who have been there for years, and parolees as they left. Hosted by Rosemary Green, a former inmate herself, Life Jolt focuses on individual women’s stories and the realities of prison life, and explores a wide range of issues including parenting behind bars, segregation, the over-representation of Indigenous women, addiction, trauma and the many obstacles of reintegration. More episodes are available at: smarturl.it/lifejolt
Introducing Stolen: The Search for Jermain
In 2018, a young Indigenous mother left a bar in Missoula, Montana, and was never seen again. Journalist Connie Walker goes inside the investigation to find Jermain Charlo, tracking down leads and joining search parties through the dense mountains of the Flathead Reservation. As she unravels this mystery, the show examines what it means to be an Indigenous woman in America. More episodes are available for free on Spotify.
Introducing Uncover: The Village
Two waves of murders, 40 years apart. Who's killing men in Toronto's gay community and why are they getting away with it? Subscribe now at cbc.ca/uncover.
Introducing Someone Knows Something: Kerrie Brown
Fifteen-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party in Thompson, Manitoba. Her body was found two days later. Host David Ridgen joins Kerrie's friends and family on their search for answers. Subscribe to Someone Knows Something now.
S2 Episode 10: Cleo’s letters
Even though it was supposed to have been destroyed in 1983, the police file documenting the investigation into Cleo’s death still exists and it contains more detail than Christine ever imagined learning about the last days, hours and even minutes of Cleo’s short life.
S2 Episode 9: Reunion
Christine travels to Pennsylvania for an emotional reunion with her brother, Johnny, who she hasn’t seen since she was a baby. Determined to get more answers about the days and weeks leading up to her sister’s death, Christine finally gets a copy of Cleo’s death certificate. That, and other documents begin to shed light on the truth she’s been seeking for decades.
Five Stars for J Lo
Connie sounds like Jennifer Lopez and that’s the main reason why I listen and honestly that’s why I’m giving it five stars....
Heartbreaking, spellbinding, and important
There’s 3 podcasts I recommend when anyone is interested in 1st Nations people, or MMIW. This one, Leonard, and This Land. I hope to see more come out, because these people and this topic are sadly neglected. People we should treasure, treated like so much garbage.
This podcast is done with such heart and compassion, it’s palpable. I love the host’s obvious sincerity and care for the people she’s interviewing.
This podcast was fascinating from start to finish. I hope they continue!!
**I saw other reviewers complain about there being no complete answers (likely Alberta’s case they were referring to since ... well ... they FOUND Cleo). But these are old cold cases. I don’t know what this person expects — the police haven’t solved Alberta’s case. And you think a podcast will? Or is it that hearing about the abuse and suffering of Native communities touched a nerve? Much easier to ignore Residential Schools or forced adoptions ever existing. For those who have the luxury anyways.
Well done, Connie Walker!!